Resolutions for self-improvement are great (if you’re the type of person who is so self-disciplined that you can actually stay true to your goals for longer than one week).
As imperfect humans, we are more prone to listen when we are told, “No, don’t. STOP.” The negative seems to always be more powerful. Here are 14 things we should all stop doing:
1. Stop spending more on material goods than on experiences.
Sure, it’s great to feel pretty, handsome and sexy. A single compliment on your looks can make your whole day.
However, you are not truly deprived of anything material-wise. Save up for moments you will remember for the rest of your life, exhilarating moments that make your heart pound and take your breath away.
When you want something enough, you’ll figure out how to prioritize and afford it.
2. Stop making up stories to make your life seem more interesting than it actually is.
There is nothing glorious about superficiality and there is nothing wrong with the mundane.
Just tell the truth — to others and to yourself. Otherwise, you’ll fall for the false impression of yourself and you’ll believe you’re more worthy of complacency than you actually are. Then, you too will lose track of what’s real and what’s not.
3. Stop being afraid to say “YES” to more things.
Sitting around at home, on the Internet is comfortable and familiar, but there are so many more opportunities if you just show up.
Attend more meetings, sign onto new projects, go out for the sake of it, explore a new place by yourself and don’t be afraid to speak up. Feeling passionate and creative is so much better than feeling lethargic.
4. Stop beating yourself up for not having the time to work out.
Also, stop making excuses when you have plenty of time to get some exercise. If you feel like a blob on a couch, your brain probably looks like a blob on the couch, too.
5. Stop hating yourself for eating dessert.
But also, stop eating dessert just because you hate yourself. Chocolate may seem like an instant remedy for all of your insecurities, but there are other, more productive ways to deal with stress and emotions. … >>READ MORE